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Jeff Yates retires


The Alexandria, Va.-based Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America has announced that former CEO Jeff Yates is retiring after 39 years with the producer trade association.

Mr. Yates, who most recently served as executive director of the Agents Council for Technology, retired as CEO in 2000 but returned a year later to head the ACT program. He joined the group's general counsel's office 1975.

“The Big 'I' is tremendously grateful to Jeff Yates for his innumerable contributions to the association and the independent agency system,” said IIABA President and CEO Robert Rusbuldt in a statement issued Friday.

“Jeff has been an amazing leader, mentor and industry trailblazer. His countless efforts, dating back to when he joined the association in 1975 as assistant general counsel to his service as CEO and his role in developing ACT, have been instrumental to the independent agency system. We will greatly miss him on our team and wish him happiness in his retirement.”

Ron Berg has been named to succeed Mr. Yates at the helm of ACT.

“We are also excited to have Ron Berg on board to succeed Jeff as ACT executive director,” Mr. Rusbuldt said in the statement. “Ron has been an active volunteer in ACT from almost the beginning and is the right person to lead this critical initiative into the future.”